Imperial Life Sciences Scholars – a virtual taste of university life | Imperial News

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From August 2-6, the Department of Life Sciences welcomed nearly 50 students to the first Imperial Life Sciences Scholars Virtual Summer School.

The summer school, for pupils entering their final year of school or university, aimed to give pupils from non-selective state schools across the UK the chance to see what life is like as as an undergraduate in the department and was specifically aimed at students in a broader context of participation.

The Summer School was organized in conjunction with The Brilliant Club, a charity that seeks to increase the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. The week-long summer school included a series of small-group tutorials, led by DoLS PhD students and post-docs (Lily Peck, Eve Hopkins, Eloise Hunt, Dr Mark Hintze and Beth Reyniers (from CEP) ) alongside non-academic sessions. . The tutorials mimicked a university module and were designed by tutors based on their own research: topics included bird evolution, microbiome, developmental biology, food safety and plant disease. After the summer school, students will write an in-depth essay on the topic they were studying, which will give them insight into college-style assessment and feedback.

In addition to the academic component of the program, members of the Brilliant Club and the DoLS organized several sessions relating to various elements of university life, including admissions (Professor Hugh Brady) and writing personal statements, an academic research conference ( given by Dr. Doryen Bubeck), a session on careers (facilitated by Dr. Steve Connolly and Dr. Crystal Vincent) and a weekend keynote address by Professor Anne Dell. One of the most important and valuable elements of the Summer School was the Virtual Tour and Q&A with Student Ambassadors, where students were able to get to know current and upcoming undergraduate students. learn more about university life.

The program has received very positive feedback from participants.

“I enjoyed learning in a friendly and supportive environment and realized that Imperial is where I would like to study. It has an amazing faculty and facilities as well as a great location and it offers a course that I am truly passionate about!” (Participant in the summer school).

Thank you to all DoLS staff, students and PhD tutors who helped make this week a success, and to the Brilliant Club. We hope to welcome many summer school participants to the department in the future.

By Dr. Catherine Mansfield, Strategic Teaching Fellow, Department of Life Sciences.


Emilie Govan

Emilie Govan

Department of Earth Science and Engineering


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